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Where to stay in Nairobi
While many visits to the Kenyan capital are often seen as simply stopping off points towards a safari elsewhere in Kenya, Nairobi is well worth discovering in its own right.
Wildlife opportunities abound without having to stray far from the city. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage and giraffe manor is always worth a visit to spend valuable time with baby elephants and giraffes, while there are few major world cities that can boast their own game reserve.
The Nairobi National Park, which has a reputation for breeding endangered black rhinos and is home to giraffes, zebras and lions, is just a short drive from Nairobi’s central business district. The backdrop of the city’s skyscrapers provides a cool contrast to the wide open grass plains and scattered bush that are home to a wide variety of wildlife and more than 400 species of birds.
Within the city itself, open air markets are always popular with tourists. Often referred to as a Maasai Market, these are great places to snap up that special memento of your trip but be prepared for some serious haggling. Once the shopping is over, it’s always worth considering a night on the town as Nairobi has also become a cool place for nightlife with the Westlands area a very hip spot for bars, clubs and dining.
Public transport in Nairobi is comprised of small minivans known as matatus and while foreign travellers are advised to make other travel arrangements there is no doubt a matatus ride is an experience unique to Nairobi. Other available modes of transport include tuk-tuks, motorcycles and taxis.
Hotels in Nairobi
For those looking to explore the wildlife side of Nairobi, this impressive five-star boutique hotel is just 14 km from the city center in an area rich in points of interest ranging from the Nairobi National Park and the Giraffe Centre to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the popular Karen Blixen Museum. The Hemingways is a high-class establishment offering every comfort as well as a personal butler.
Located in the city center, the four-star Crowne Plaza Nairobi is a modern, elegant and luxurious hotel in an area populated by businesses, banks and government buildings.
A three-star option in the heart of Nairobi, the hotel is close to many of the city’s internal attractions such as the National Theater, the Jeevanjee Gardens and the city market. The hotel also offers an outdoor pool, a rooftop terrace and a spa.
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Nairobi is infamous for its crime and poverty but as with any big city, this kind of one-sided categorization is simplistic. Yes, it's home to one of the world's biggest slums (Kibera) and yes, the car-jacking and robbery rates are a significant worry. Yet there are signs everywhere of economic development and the streets are thronging with hustlers who aren't just there to harass the (almost non-existent) tourists but to make a living and move on up. Visitors who expect only "TIA" cliches may be surprised by the diversity of neighborhoods and the number of hipster coffee shops, juice bars and slick clothing stores that are strewn across the city.
If you are planning a visit and want to know what is on while you are in Nairobi, check out this website to stay up-to-date with events. http://nairobinow.wordpress.com/
Nairobi is easily one of my favorite African cities. I was initially terrified of the place. It does have a reputation. After living there for a few months, then visiting again often things totally changed. There is a lot of great stuff here. It's a fairly easy place to move around (minus the traffic) and there are several excellent day trips you can take from here.
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